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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2010, 08:47:12 PM »
Well, I just went to pure gas and looked, I would have to do a 100 mile drive to get some.  I guess the smog gas they sell in the metro area all has corn in it.

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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2010, 09:00:37 AM »
Well, I just went to pure gas and looked, I would have to do a 100 mile drive to get some.  I guess the smog gas they sell in the metro area all has corn in it.
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2010, 09:13:57 AM »
I have a new straight shaft that will also handle a saw blade.  It will take trees and branches up to 3 inchs

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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2010, 09:21:19 AM »
I have a new straight shaft that will also handle a saw blade.  It will take trees and branches up to 3 inchs
What brand is it.
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2010, 10:44:15 AM »
I have a new straight shaft that will also handle a saw blade.  It will take trees and branches up to 3 inchs
What brand is it.
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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2010, 10:16:06 AM »
I got a blade that I sharpen with a chainsaw file. It will cut down some big stuff. Don't know if it will work on my new weedeater when I get it. I'm really giving the ECHO a hard look because of the 5 year warranty. I'm going to try one out today.
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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2010, 02:24:53 PM »
I like the brand echo, chain saws and weed eaters have worked well for me, I also like husqvarna and stihl. 

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« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2010, 04:42:11 PM »
my last straight shaft was a husqvarna.   Still have it but it is getting tired.  I really liked the harness that came with it and it had a lot of power. 

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« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2010, 06:44:33 PM »
If you leave gas in it during off season, start it up at least a week. Otherwise drain the tank.

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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2010, 01:37:46 AM »
I think the newer ones have different stuff inside so they can handle the ethenol
i talked to a Honda Power Equipment rep last year and he told me that Honda is becoming concerned about the damage to their four stroke carbs with the new blends coming down the pike.  my two Honda generators are doing fine at this point.   i'm going to start mixing two stroke oil for my four strokes at about 1/5 the two stroke ratio.  maybe it will help protect the carb's insides a bit.

My echo dealer says to use fuel stabilizer with your ethanol gas.  Not using it will require a carburator rebuild every spring unless used/ran at least weekly during the winter.
$10.00 buys enough stabilizer to treat 20 gallons. There is stabalizers for both 2 (mixed gas) and 4 stroke engines.
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« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2010, 09:27:26 AM »
I ran an ECHO SRM-225 for an hour and  a half the other day 45 minutes with the string head and the same with the brush blade. only used about half tank of gas. The thing did a great job the only thing I don't like is the string head it's the type you tap it on the ground and the string comes out. I think it uses to much string that way. I looked at the Operator's manual the guy had and it said You can run the 10% ethanol and it would not mess with the warranty. I have 2 place's in town here where I can get the real stuff so I will run it. Called the ECHO dealer talked to him and he told me they were on sale so I go a step further and said if you really want to make the sale toss in a hat and it's a deal BAM I got a hat. So I had to jump in the pickup run down and pick it up.
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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2010, 01:30:37 PM »
Running a product like Sea Foam in the gas for your power tools keeps that gunk from building up.It also helps preserve the fuel during the off season.
make sure any container for fuel is sealed as alcohol is like a sponge for drawing moisture from the air.
Dirty secret of alcohol fuel:
it takes  about twice the alcohol as gasoline to make the same BTU's. Hence,lower fuel mileage when they are all screaming for increased mileage.
As for weed eaters,stihls,homelites, are both good products. i would see what most pro lawncare business use locally.

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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2010, 11:48:05 AM »
I have RedMax and Echo trimmers.  Both are nice, the RedMax starts up first pull which is nice.  My next trimmer will be another RedMax!

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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2010, 12:21:48 PM »
This is what I use http://www.jegs.com/p/United-Marketing/Sta-Bil-Fuel-Stabilizer/943350/10002/-1
So far the ECHO weedeater is doing a great job all the power I need plus more.
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« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2010, 10:49:09 PM »
  I second what Brian said Run it weekly or better or treat with Stabil or some thing similar. I do both, stagnant fuel will turn to varnish that eats gasket fuel pumps like in a 2cycle motor and ruins the gasket surfaces ( needle valve) in carburetors and even some times intake valves if theres some blow by and the motor stops when the intake is open. Another way is to drain  the fuel tank then start and run the engine till it runs out of gas. but that can be a lot of work if you have a lot of equipment you use on a regular basis.
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« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2010, 11:08:42 AM »
most marina's are going to ethenol free fuel because of the fiberglass tanks in a lot of older boats so there is a supplier for you.  As for weedeaters and saws I have always liked Stihl's.

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« Reply #36 on: August 28, 2010, 12:33:55 PM »
most marina's are going to ethenol free fuel because of the fiberglass tanks in a lot of older boats so there is a supplier for you.  As for weedeaters and saws I have always liked Stihl's.
Got a marina about two block's away they sell mixed and straight ethanol free gas. It's 3.90 a gallon now
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« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2010, 01:28:51 PM »
I think the newer ones have different stuff inside so they can handle the ethenol
i talked to a Honda Power Equipment rep last year and he told me that Honda is becoming concerned about the damage to their four stroke carbs with the new blends coming down the pike.  my two Honda generators are doing fine at this point.   i'm going to start mixing two stroke oil for my four strokes at about 1/5 the two stroke ratio.  maybe it will help protect the carb's insides a bit.

My echo dealer says to use fuel stabilizer with your ethanol gas.  Not using it will require a carburator rebuild every spring unless used/ran at least weekly during the winter.
$10.00 buys enough stabilizer to treat 20 gallons. There is stabalizers for both 2 (mixed gas) and 4 stroke engines.

that's the problem. i have been using Stabil for years but the new gas is crap.  i'm moving to Stabil marine formula and SeaFoam.
i know for a fact that aluminum hates ethanol.  some guys running alky at the track actually had two fuel systems so they could run gasoline through the engine before parking it.  the price of non ethanol marine fuel looks good for the smaller two cycle stuff but may be cost prohibitive for generator fuel since i store about sixty gallons.

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Re: Weedeater
« Reply #38 on: December 21, 2010, 12:52:08 PM »
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Ethenol you can thank the tree hugger and the corn farmer's for that crap.

Well which is it? :?  You have picked two opposing groups.  Ethanol is not only more expensive to produce it takes more energy to make it than it does to produce.  Monsanto on the other hand stands to gain billions.  It is so easy for them because we are so stupid.

For older gas powered equipment (prior to ethanol) the plastics and o-rings will swell in its presents and stop the carb from working properly.  You can replace the new carb today (they have made changes) for around $50 or you can get a kit to replace the plastic parts for around $12.  Depending on what it is and your skill level buying new may be a better option.
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« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2010, 01:42:11 PM »
boy, wish i'd known some of this stuff earlier.  i don't have a single gas thing that's working anymore.  this ethanol crap is the dumbest idea ever.
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